Professionals | 31/01/2020

Matchday 20

The Number Crunch: At home against Freiburg

After defeat to Dortmund, FC are back at home to take on SC Freiburg on Sunday afternoon. With form and spirits particularly positive, Markus Gisdol’s men are looking to get back to winning ways. Here are 10 stats to get you in the mood for Matchday.

FC have won their last three home games in the Bundesliga – the last time that was the case was in the 2011/12 season, when Staale Solbakken’s side beat Hoffenheim, Hannover and Augsburg. Lukas Podolski scored five of the seven goals, and Michael Rensing kept three consecutive clean sheets.

Jhon Cordoba has scored in his last five 1. FC Köln home games, finding the back of the net on six occasions. All of the Colombian’s goals have come at the RheinEnergieSTADION this year. The goals against Wolfsburg meant that Cordoba equalled the record from last decade from Milivoje Novakovic.

Can FC continue where they left off at home?

FC have scored 10 goals from set-pieces this season, 45% of their goals this term. No other Bundesliga club has scored a higher percentage of their goals from dead balls and only Liverpool (11) and Newcastle United (12) have scored more than FC in Europe.

Markus Gisdol and Christian Streich have met on six occasions in the Bundesliga, each of which has ended in a draw – including two 3:3 draws.

From FC’s 13 Bundesliga home games against Freiburg, they have won eight times. In each of those eight wins, FC’s backline have managed to keep a clean sheet.

Mark Uth scored his first Bundesliga goal for FC in the game against Borussia Dortmund. It was his first Bundesliga goal for 364 days.

Potent Petersen, Freiburg faring well

Freiburg’s comeback from three goals down to win 4:3 was heart breaking for all FC fans in December. It was, however, the first time since Mainz’s 4:3 win over Wolfsburg in the 2010-11 season that a team had come from three goals down to win in the Bundesliga.

SCF are enjoying their best start to a Bundesliga season under Christian Streich and since Robin Dutt. In the 2010-11 season, Dutt’s side had 30 points after 19 games – Streich’s team are just a point behind.

Nils Petersen recently broke the goalscoring record for SC Freiburg. The forward’s 84th goal for SCF against Mainz meant he overtook the current Germany boss, Joachim Löw at the top of the charts.

Jonathan Schmid’s free-kicks will have FC and Timo Horn on his toes at the weekend. The Freiburg midfielder has scored more direct free-kicks (8) than any other current Bundesliga player, ahead of both David Alaba and Marvin Palttenhardt (7).

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121. FC Köln0
141. FSV Mainz 050